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Ecological Debt: The Health of the Planet and the Wealth of Nations [Hardcover]

Andrew Simms
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1 Jun 2005
Have you ever wondered what you can do to help stop global warming? To live in a way that is more beneficial to our planet? This book shows you how, in small but significant ways, you can make changes to the way you live that will help to preserve the balance of the environment and protect it for future generations. The author, Andrew Simms, is an expert in environmental policy, based at one of the world's leading think-tanks. In this short, accessible book, he illustrates the deeply harmful consequences of the West's totally unsustainable consumption patterns. He reviews the ecological consequences of climate change and the effect of global warming on developing countries. And he argues that the West has a huge ecological debt towards developing countries, much bigger than the financial debt of developing countries towards industrialised nations.He shows how, in order both to adapt to changing climate conditions and to pay back our debt to developing countries, we can rethink our lifestyles and how we think about 'progress' in a way that will sustain our environment and create a more balanced global society.

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Pluto Press (1 Jun 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745324053
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745324050
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,199,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A compelling argument ... Read it, find out who really owes what to whom.' -- Tony Juniper, Friends of the Earth

'Creative and compelling.' -- Larry Elliott, Guardian

'Now we're all going to be talking about our ecological debt. A new phrase has entered the language.' -- Dame Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop

'This book should be essential reading.' -- Head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

About the Author

Andrew Simms is Policy Director of the New Economics Foundation (a leading think-and-do tank in the UK working to create environmentally sound and socially just economies). Andrew is a regular contributor to the World Disasters Report and his articles are published regularly in British national newspapers such as the Guardian and the Financial Times. He is a regular commentator on BBC, commercial radio and television.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Makes ecological debt accessible 31 Jan 2006
This is an exceptionally engaging and human book for a very weighty set of issues. I bought this book for several friends at xmas who I have trouble engaging in what is the biggest human rights and inequality issue of our time - climate change. This book really ties in the human impact story to the climate change agenda. It's amazing how many people haven't made this link. Andrew Simms writes in an exceptionally engaging and imaginative way. It took me a couple of chapters to warm up, but by the end I was totally hooked - reading for pleasure, not education and writing my list of who else to buy it for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A damn good read 5 Jun 2005
Most books about global warming - important though the issue is - tend to be a little on the worthy side, and deeply depressing. This book is neither. There are worrying facts, but the verve with which Andrew Simms writes, the stories he includes, as well as the photographs and bizarre illustrations, make this one of the key texts for the debate, and the most readable. It not only deserves to be read - not least for the important introduction to a whole new idea (eco-debt) - but it actually will be.
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By Alison TOP 500 REVIEWER
I picked this book up after reading Andrew Simms book, Tescopoly. His writing had impressed me and this book is the same. Just as Tescopology this is an engaging and compelling writing on a complex topic with many thorny issues.

It's rather thought provoking and even if you have doubts about some of the ecological arguments surrounding global warming, you will be interested to read about the attitudes of governments to less arguable issues of pollution and usage of finite resources.

Simms doesn't just go on and on about climate change, although that is a central theme, he also examines the economical impact of global warming (regardless of its cause). There's much about living within our means (as a planet and as individuals) and a really interesting chapter on second world war economies in the face of reduced resources.

An excellent economical account of our current environmental status and how we need to change in the face of our changing climate. Recommended.
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